The vagaries and challenges of being human are forever fascinating and frustrating. It’s the questions that come up around this that drive my art. Summer of 2017 I created an installation at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. I’d just returned from a residency in Puebla, Mexico, where I was deeply moved by the challenge of communicating with people who spoke only Spanish. I had to to find ways of connecting with the Publeons. Each of these encounters held profound implication for me, both practically and morally.
Fall of 2018 I was invited to show that work at the McLean Project for the Arts. It was a further examination of the concept of encounter. At that point I was already looking at the possibility of focusing on women’s encounters in particular, when the Ford/Kavanaugh hearings took place. An installation of that work, titled “(we are) Mad As Hell”, is on exhibition at Stevenson University in Baltimore.
Questions raised as I was creating the “Mad As Hell” pieces have inspired ideas for a new body of work that will contain several major parts. As a white woman I’m drawn to the idea of showcasing some of what I’ve learned and experienced inside of this skin. Being white, however, just isn’t that “sexy” right now, but that’s okay, because “White Girls Know Stuff Too”.